Educational Opportunities for Nurses

As a teaching hospital on the campus of the University of North Carolina, we are a part of a health science complex comprised of schools of nursing, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and public health. The Division of Health Affairs, the largest division of studies at UNC, has been called "the most complete constellation of education, research and service efforts in the field of health available on any university campus."

Day one starts when you accept employment with UNC Hospitals. Even before you begin employment, you will hear from the Executive Director of UNC Hospitals, the Chief Nursing Officer and your nurse manager.

UNC Hospitals conducts a comprehensive education and development program that is designed to help you grow, learn and enrich your skills. Our orientation program is competency-based and conducted by Nursing Services Divisions of Nursing Professional Development, Practice and Research and of Nursing Informatics - as well as our service-based Clinical Nurse Education Specialists and unit-based Nurse Education Clinicians. The orientation consists of didactic instruction, skills labs and a clinical preceptorship which is tailored to your needs and experience level. If you are a recent graduate or an RN entering a new specialty, you will receive educational and clinical support throughout the transition to independent practice.

Continuing Education

The University has been a pioneer in North Carolina Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) and is the flagship campus for continuing education of healthcare professionals. Our Nurses benefit from these teaching/learning opportunities.

2022 Conferences

Renew, Refocus, Reboot: Nursing Research, Quality & EBP Conference 

Friday April 22, 2022
8 am – 4:30 pm
The Friday Center
Chapel Hill NC

Virtual and In-Person options available.

Register at the following links:

UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing Advanced Degrees

The location of UNC Medical Center on the campus of a top ranked state university offers convenient access to an array of educational opportunities. The UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing, adjacent to the Hospitals, offers BSN, MSN, DNP and PhD programs. Part-time study for MSN, DNP and PHD programs is available. If you have any questions in regards to the programs offered by the UNC School of Nursing, please contact Student Affairs at (919) 966-4260.

The "Care Package" from UNC Hospitals is designed to assist in taking advantage of these and other educational opportunities in career-related academic study. Several funding sources are available to nursing employees including: the UNC Hospitals Tuition Assistance Program, a Nurse Scholarship fund managed by the hospitals' volunteer association, annual Nurse Recognition Awards, and the Griffin-Shull Award.

Nursing Careers at UNC Hospitals

If you are interested in learning about nursing career opportunities at UNC Hospitals, please visit our Careers page.